Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

What America spends on gas and auto

In a follow-up to their graphic on what America spends on food and drink, personal finance site Bundle, with the help of Nicholas Felton, looks at money spent on gas…

Graphical data fiction

We like to talk about the stories in data. They are the information and meaning in the numbers, and are meant to represent truth. Artist Kim Asendorf turns this around…

Free kick mechanics explained

I know next to nothing about soccer (a.k.a. football), but I gotta admit this Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match is more exciting than I thought it’d be. I can’t say…

Profitable sweet spot for startups

Gosh, it’s so easy. I’m going to be rich. Get the strategic sweet spot and the three ingredients down, and you’re set for life.…

Glasses: the ultimate image changer

This is hilarious and uber creative advertising. If I wore glasses, I’d totally buy from these guys.…

Meet iPad’s competition

Light on the data, heavy on the aesthetics. Super pretty by Section Design. [via]…

Facebook cultish insignia

When asked to take off his hoodie during D8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was incredibly reluctant and broke out into a serious sweat. After a bit of coaxing, however, Zuckerberg…

Visualization underneath the surface

Moritz Stefaner of Well-formed data gives thought to propositional density as it pertains to visualization. There are two kinds. The first is surface propositions, which are straightforward statements about what…

Turning information into action – 10 Tactics

Tactical Tech, the group that brought you Maps for Advocacy and Visualizing Information fo Advocacy, has taken it up a notch with their release of 10 tactics for turning information…

Where Americans are moving

Jon Bruner of Forbes reports that more than 10 million Americans moved from one county to the other in 2008, based on data from the IRS. The above interactive map…

Evolution of the World Cup ball

With the World Cup in full swing, the New York Times has been rolling out its World Cup-related graphics so you can stay on top of all the matches. They’ve…

Physics of oil spills explained

What exactly is going on with all the oil spewing into the Gulf, biologically speaking? MSNBC explains in a series of graphics: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has released millions…

History of the United States in a circle

Presidential Costs by Rachel Mercer offers a look at the history of the United States: The outer circle illustrates presidential periods, the governing party, and whether or not the President…

Landscape chartspotting

We saw math principles in nature. Now how about charts? Andy Woodruff does some sniffing around in Google Maps to find charts in rural landscapes. Above, you’ve got your polar…

Twitter parade in your honor

This is completely useless in the good sort of way. Twitter parade, by KDDI, takes your followers and throws a parade for you. You can also enter a keyword instead…

Stanley Cup winners and losers

Speaking of sports most Americans know nothing about, Robby Macdonell visualizes NHL Stanley Cup competitors in his experiment with HTML5. The interactive shows winners and losers since 1927. Teams are…

Interactive World Cup schedule

I was born in and live in the United States, so to me football is a bunch of big guys in full armor trying to tackle each other. To the…

Context to underwater depths

The Deepwater Horizon well is nearly a mile deep in water. It extends 3.5 miles. It’s hard to imagine these depths of the ocean though since most of us have…

Strata of common and not so common colors

In another look at the data from xkcd’s color experiment, Stephen Von Worley looks at the common and not so common colors of the rainbow: The Color Strata includes the…

Find your booty with Bing treasure maps

Maps on the major sites like Yahoo, Google, and Bing have a similar look. You’ve got your yellow roads, orange freeways, and green parks. Bing Destination Maps takes a different…

Where the tourists really flock

A couple of weeks ago you saw Eric Fischer’s maps of Flickr photos in major cities. The inclination was to think of the maps as a representation of tourist hot…

Review: Data Flow 2, Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Note: The review copy I received is in French. Unfortunately, I only understand English. So this review is actually my impression of Data Flow: Design Graphique et Visualisation D’Informations as…

Europe’s web of debt

While the US has its own problems with debt somewhere in the range of $13 trillion, European countries have got some issues too. It seems like everyone owes something these…

San Francisco crime mapped as elevation

Doug McCune maps San Francisco crime in 2009 as if it were elevation. Peaks and valleys emerge with the rolling terrains of crime. The above is the map for prostitution:…

Protovis 3.2 released – more examples and layouts

The most recent version of Protovis, the open-source visualization library that uses JavaScript and SVG, was just released not too long ago – this time with more layout and examples.…

Track the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

Excited about the 2010 MTV Movie Awards? Yeah, me neither. But if you want to keep an eye on things while you watch or do something else (you know, in…

How little musicians earn online

You’ve heard about the struggling musician. It’s a tough business. How tough is it though? David McCandless of Information is Beautiful, looks at how much musicians make from major online…

Poverty in late 19th century London

Alice Rawsthorn for The New York Times reports on Charles Booth’s London poverty maps, from the late 1800s, currently on display at the Museum of London. During a time when…

BP oil spill if it were where you live

If it Was My Home is a simple but effective concept. Enter your location, and the oil spill is overlayed on top. It’s gotten to the point where the area…

Data Life of the Future

It’s fun to imagine the future. Every few months, someone takes a stab with a concept video or a proof of concept prototype, providing a glimpse into human-computer interaction and…